A Love Letter to Calgary

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A Love Letter to Calgary

Submissions are now open for the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Exhibit, A Love Letter to Calgary, happening September 24 to December 12, 2020. We are looking for Calgary-based visual artists for this latest exhibit.

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance.

It supports and presents all art forms and creates opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration while serving all Calgarians. To enable this, the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

Times have been tough, and we want to share the joy, spirit, and resilience of our beloved city. For this exhibit, we are in search of artwork that showcases the city of Calgary at its best—the people, the places, and more. Submissions of any style, from realistic to abstract, and in any visual art medium will be considered, provided it meets all gallery requirements below.

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Artist must reside in Calgary and must be available for installation dates provided.
  • Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space only).

Installation Requirements

All art must be equipped with picture hanging wire and D rings (a piece of metal hardware shaped like the letter D used on the back of the frame or canvas as hooking device). Hanging cleats or flat metal hardware, unfortunately, will not be accepted.

This gallery is intended to be available for in-person and online viewing. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic, there is the possibility of this exhibit being online exclusively. All installation required is still necessary for this exhibit.

The Pumphouse Theatre will install the work on behalf of the artists. Artwork may be dropped off or picked up by either the artist or a representative during the hours of 12:00 and 6:00pm on the installation and takedown dates provided. Artist must reserve an installation and takedown date via a provided form or by contacting the programming director.


Submission Deadline: September 6, 2020, 4:00pm

All artists who submit will be notified with a decision no later than two weeks after the deadline has passed.

  • Installation: September 20 – 22, 2020
  • Exhibition: September 24 – December 12, 2020
  • Take Down: December 13 – December 16, 2020

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail:

  • Completed gallery submissionform (see the attached document or our website).
  • Artist Biography (250 words max):
    • A short description of who you are and your art background, training, passion, and any combination of the fore mentioned information.
  • Artwork:
    • A minimum of one to a maximum of five pieces will be accepted.
    • Images of artwork only; do not send original works with application.

All applications may be directed to:

Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave. SW
Calgary, AB  T3C 3P5

Or email kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca.

Selection Process

Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than three people and are a mix of artists and administrators. Selection criteria are based on suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity, and innovation, and suitability to the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages five and up, representing various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept works that feature nudity.

Any artists who need assistance with their application, or have inquires and questions, are welcome to contact Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director,at kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca or 403.263.0079 ext. 100 at any point.

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